Automatic Visual Monitoring of Pylons from Aerial Images

A recent collaboration between the Smart Systems Group and Dundee University has led to an exciting conference paper, titled “Towards the Automatic Visual Monitoring of Electricity Pylons from Aerial Images“. The research from SSG allowed Professor David Flynn to contribute to the shared understanding of critical infrastructure and the need to design robust solutions, allowing […]


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Not equal

Not Equal is a UKRI funded network that looks to create new collaborations between academics, industry and the third sector. They look to ways in which technology may be used to support social justice and to create a fairer future for everyone through the digital economy. A recent open event looked at ways in which […]


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New PHM book

Prof. David Flynn and Mr Wenshuo Tang of the SSG contributed their research on prognostics and health management of subsea power cables, as a chapter, to the highly successful book: Prognostics and Health Management of Electronics: Fundamentals, Machine Learning and Internet of Things. The book, co-authored by Prof. Michael Pecht of the University of Maryland, has become one […]


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Faults in UK Western HVDC Link Cable Highlights Need for Prognostic Health Management in Critical Infrastructure

The Western HVDC Link is a 262 mile DC power transfer connection between Western Scotland and North Wales designed to transfer up to 2.2GW of Scottish renewable power between the regions. OFGEM, who regulate the UK market for electrical energy, have announced they will be carrying out an investigation into breaches of licence conditions. This […]


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ORCA Hub Researchers to present work at the 2020 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston in May

Run-time Safety Compliance and Self-Certification for Robotics. Irrespective of the mission, environment or robotic platform you need Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) operating efficiently and safely – first time and every time. We have developed a transferable framework that integrates infrastructure, robotic and personnel data, to support safety and mission success. Within our framework we […]


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Smart Systems Group to Attend Offshore Technology Conference 2020, Houston

The Smart Systems Group will be represented at the Offshore Technology Conference 2020, following the acceptance of a technical paper advancing seminal work in non-invasive sensing of applied loads in geomaterials via millimetre-wave radar. Working in collaboration with the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering, also at Heriot-Watt University, Jamie Blanche will present “Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave […]


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Congratulations to Dr. Andoni and SSG Team for AAMAS 2020 Paper Acceptance

The Smart Systems Group team are proud to announce the publication of research led by Dr. Merlinda Andoni at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. “Strategic Decision-Making for Power Network Investments with Distributed Renewable Generation” represents one of 186 (23% of works submitted for publication) that were accepted as full papers, so […]


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ICSRS Rome 2019

The 4th International Conference on System Reliability and Safety (ICSRS) was held in Rome, Italy this November. Jenny Lantair, a PhD student from the Smart Systems Group represented a number of researchers in their work on the operator’s perception of safety and reliability in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), in the UK. Their research examined the […]


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Wenshuo Tang attends IEEE OCEANS

Smart Systems Group Research Associate, Wenshuo Tang, attended IEEE OCEANS in Seattle in October 2019 to present two publications. Wenshuo’s research focuses on the application of advanced machine learning techniques in asset health management and prognostics in different energy systems. IEEE OCEANS is a bi-annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, […]


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Drone Safety and Reliability Survey Results

Matthew Osborne, Jenny Lantair and a number of their colleagues have collated the results from their first “Drone Safety and Reliability Survey”. They surveyed Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) registered commercial operators who fly drones in the ever more complex and congested airspace of Britain. The survey aimed to collate the various failure modes currently observed, […]


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